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DIMFF organizes three-day program ‘Exploring Personal Cinema’

  • Published at 02:34 pm September 9th, 2021
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"Exploring Personal Cinema: Relevance, Possibilities, and Vigilance"| Courtesy

This entire event was conducted online

The Dhaka International Mobile Film Festival (DIMFF) has arranged three days-long discussion sessions on "Exploring Personal Cinema: Relevance, Possibilities, and Vigilance" from an open and theoretical perspective. There were three prestigious speakers for each episode. This entire event was conducted on the online platform, Zoom at 7:00 pm.

On the first day, September 2nd, Mahmudul Hossain, a film critic, and writer, discussed personal filmmaking's lexical and practical context. According to Mahmudul Hossain, personal filmmaking is usually conducted by one man with private funds. This art style is opening new windows for those filmmakers who are not interested in making traditional generic films. They moreover prefer to express emotions and other aspects of life through their movies. Throughout the discussion, Mahmudul Hossain showcased a few of the films of Jonas Mekus, Lithuanian -American filmmaker, Humaira Bilkis Dhaka-based independent filmmaker, and Agnès Varda, a French filmmaker.


Indie filmmaker Debashish Das| Courtesy

September 4th, in the 2nd episode, the Independent filmmaker Debashish Das constructed the idea: what motivates the filmmakers to create personal cinema and why? Debashish Das explained that personal filmmaking could be an example of home craft video to accelerate the current situation of cinema. Moreover, the narrative style of personal cinema is unique from regular cinemas since it has a different aura.

ManzareHassin, a prominent documentary filmmaker and teacher, was the last speaker at this three-day event. On September 6th, he started his discussion by saying, 'Personal cinema is the cinema of the filmmakers'. Moreover, according to him, "Personal cinema is the most humane project." With its quantitative style, personal cinema unconditionally and unashamedly represents society, said Manzare Hassin.


Manzare Hassin| Courtesy

Each day of the three-day event concluded with a question and answer session. Every session was very interactive, where the participants raised questions and shared their thoughts with much enthusiasm and a keen interest in 'exploring personal cinema'. Some prominent independent filmmakers, film critics, and media personalities were also present at this event.

On September 6th, at the end of this three-day event,  Mohammad Shazzad Hossain, advisor Dhaka International mobile film Festival 2022 and asst. professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, ULAB, read out the declaration jointly composed by the documentary filmmaker and teacher Manzare Hassin Murad, Mahmudul Hossain, film critic and writer, independent filmmaker Debashish Das. The event ends with the Vote of Thanks from Dr Kabil Khan, asst. professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, ULAB.

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